Month: January 2014

Weekend Shortlist

Happy Friday, friends! How is January treating you? If you’re like me (and live in an equally cold climate), you are probably heartily sick of winter by now. All I want to buy right now are summer clothes. Pretty, pretty, summery summer clothes. Yeah, I’m really sick of winter.

Erin Fetherstone Dress

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Erin Fetherstone Dress

Found this dress when I was looking up “bird dress” on eBay. I am, um, a little bit obsessed with bird prints at the moment. And how pretty is this one? I’m patiently waiting to find it for a good price, but if this winter doesn’t let up soon, I may crack and splurge instead.

Anthropologie Heartstamped Skirt

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Anthropologie Heartstamped Skirt

Also randomly found this on eBay and fell for its ridiculous adorableness. It’s probably waaaay too twee in real life, but I would be seriously tempted to make it work, somehow, anyway. Talk me out of it, peeps!

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Lands End Chambray Dress

So, Lands End has the cutest models that can make any old rag look like a great idea. Take this chambray shirt dress; “old rag” might be a bit overstating it, but tell me honestly – what are the chances it would look this cute and twirly in real life? On me? Pretending for a second that it would, I would wear the heck out of it in the summer.

J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket

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J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket

Okay, this doesn’t exactly scream “summer”, but it would be a great spring coat, and I need one. I think it would work great with my casual dresses and skirts, as well as jeans, which would be a bonus. Not a bonus? The price. Sigh.

Sam Edelman Sophie Sandals

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Sam Edelman Sophie Sandals

Little known fact about me: although I have a lot of shoes (a LOT!), I don’t have many sandals. Part of that has to do with the fact that I hate showing my feet (or, rather, I hate feet, period). Part of it … I don’t know. I just don’t have a lot of sandals, ok? I really want to try the whole colorblock trend, like this version. Bonus: ankle cuff.

Have a great weekend!

What I Wore: Holiday Edition

So, you probably haven’t been up at night wondering about this, but I haven’t done a WIW post in a while. It’s cold. Like, bone-crushingly cold. That’s my excuse. I have the winter blues, and I don’t feel like dressing up, and I don’t have to dress up, so … Yeah. I’d much rather browse-shop for pretty things and daydream about the spring when I am going to wear them all. Possibly all at once, because I will be that excited to see a snow-free day.

Anyway.
I did make some efforts over the holidays, so I finally have some outfits to show you.
For a friend’s one-year old’s birthday party, I wore this:
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Dress, no label (consignment); belt, J. Crew Factory; cardigan, Kersh; flats, Old Navy
You may remember that I bought this dress after I gave birth to my son, and wore the heck out of it for a while. Then it fell out of favour, around the time I went back to work. It’s not really office material, and it started to feel a bit frumpy. No more. I found it again recently and remembered why I bought it in the first place; it’s comfy, it’s figure-forgiving, it’s machine washable. Added bonus: it’s very stretchy, so it can easily accommodate breastfeeding.
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WHAT is going on with my hair?!?
I switched out the fabric belt for a leather one. Can I pause for a moment and show you my gorgeous new polish? Well, I will anyway:
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Polish, A England Dancing with Nureyev
┬áIt’s from A England’s new Margot Fonteyn-inspired Ballerina collection, and it’s called Dancing with Nureyev. You guys need to see the close-up:
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Dancing with Nureyev
Oh and hey – looky here: a bonus pic.
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Cuteness overload … except for my tragic hair.
For brunch with a friend (and the family in tow), I wore this:
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Blouse, GAP (thrifted); sweater, Joe Fresh; jeans, American Eagle (consignment); boots, Ecco
Key word here: comfortable. It’s how I roll these days.
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Scarf, gift; bag, Kate Spade (via Kijiji)
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Nails, Nars Purple Rain
The top is an old Gap blouse I thrifted last year, and was about to donate because of its stupid elasticized hem. I was a little sad to part with it, because the pattern is so up my alley … and then I had a light bulb moment. I have been chopping bits of my clothes right and left lately, why not do it again? It worked.

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On Christmas Eve, we went to visit my in-laws, and this is what I wore.
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Sweater, J. Crew Factory; shirt, J. Crew Factory; pants, Adriano Goldschmied (via Kijiji); shoes, Anne Klein
Basically, because I have so few opportunities these days to dress up, every time I do I just throw together things I really, really love. Whether they actually work together or not is something of a crapshoot, but I take my chances. If I look terrible, I can always blame it on the kids. They have their uses. And if I look less than stellar in these photos, it’s because I was following a family tradition of being sick over the Christmas holidays.
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Necklace, J. Crew Factory
My son, on the other hand, looks cute no matter what.
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Sweater, Crewcuts (consignment); pants, Nautica (gift)
No, for reals:
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Shirt, Nautica; cardigan, Truly Scrumptious; jeans, baby Gap (all gifts from his doting grandparents)
For Christmas Day dinner with my parents, I wore this:
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Shirt, Old Navy; skirt, BCBG; belt, J. Crew Factory
I missed this skirt a lot during my third trimester. Our reunion was a tad bitter sweet; she doesn’t fit as well as she used to. I’m really starting to think that the real issue with my post-baby body is not so much extra pounds, as it is extra width. I think my hipbones might have stretched out, possibly permanently. Can that happen? So, yeah, the skirt. It’s a one-sided love these days.
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Necklace, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Nine West
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Rings, Winners, Swarovski, Cartier

Last but not least, I wore this on a date night with my husband – our first movie date in 2+ years! We saw American Hustle (brilliant!), and enjoyed a non-rushed dinner out afterwards, courtesy of my parents who generously offered to babysit both kids.

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Dress, Plenty by Tracy Reese; cardigan, J. Crew Factory; shoes, J. Crew Factory

I simply adore this dress. It doesn’t look particularly impressive in photographs (and I had to add a cardigan for practical purposes, aka warmth), but it is a gorgeously constructed dress, not to mention incredibly comfortable and flattering. I wish it came in a more interesting colour but, ah, it’s almost perfect. It’s an older style I first saw on Looks Good From The Back, and was lucky to find for a great deal on eBay. I would highly recommend it for … well, pretty much anybody.

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Clutch, Rebecca Minkoff

Here is the dress on its own. The front sash-thingie is adjustable, and there is a thinner strap on the left shoulder which provides support on that side. Honestly, it is such a well-constructed dress!

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Love, love, love

And here is a closer peek at my beautiful clutch (a Christmas gift from a dear, dear friend who knows all my weaknesses) via Instagram:

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what i wore

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Throwback Thursday

Since closet purges have been a regular occurrence in my sartorial life even before my most recent wardrobe overhaul, there aren’t many pieces in my closet that are older than a few years and mostly unworn. Generally, things I don’t wear, I don’t keep. Some avoid their fate as consignment or donation fodder by being gifted to my mom; and some of those clothes eventually find their way back to me when my mom decides to embark on a closet purge of her own. So it was with this skirt.

By my best estimate, this skirt is about 8 years old. I’m pretty sure I bought it some time during my first year out of law school, either at Winners or at a consignment store. It’s so not what you’d expect from a Tommy Hilfiger skirt, no? Cool print, but boy, is it a problematic skirt, to say the least. The colours, while lovely, are challenging to match, especially in this brocade-like, semi-shiny fabric. The pleated A-line silhouette has never been particularly flattering on my figure, pre- or post-baby. The skirt is supposed to sit at the natural waist, but this size is slightly too big and as a result the skirt slides down closer to my love handle area (ugh, that term!). As a result, the length was on the stumpifying side, being an inch or two past the knee; this, at least, was easily rectifiable.

That’s a heck of a lot of problems for just one skirt!

I had pretty much decided to finally get rid of it for good, when my mom persuaded me to give it one last chance. (We do this a lot, hence the back-and-forth of items between our wardrobes.) I had the hemline taken up, and had a good look through my closet for matching pieces. As you might imagine, my wardrobe as evolved greatly since the last time I wore this skirt (probably 3 or 4 years ago). Does it help?

Yes.

Rather than wearing it with a black turtleneck, I now have a few other options.

Tommy Hilfiger skirt Throwback Thursday
Blazer & sweater, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Nine West
Tommy Hilfiger skirt Throwback Thursday
Necklace, J. Crew Factory
Tucked in might be better?
Tommy Hilfiger skirt Throwback Thursday
… hmm, or not
I think I like this better.
Tommy Hilfiger skirt Throwback Thursday
Cardigan & blouse, J. Crew Factory
Tommy Hilfiger skirt Throwback Thursday
Shoes, Lauren Ralph Lauren
Tommy Hilfiger skirt Throwback Thursday
Ooh, arty pose!
But.
It still doesn’t strike me as a very versatile piece, and I’m not sure that it fits in easily with the rest of my wardrobe. Also, I’m still not crazy about the fit.
So, friends, tell me: keep ‘er or bid adieu?